The end of the month definitely snuck up on me! Here's the last few bits of my research for Matisse.
These paintings are from Matisse’s period of "radical intervention," 1913-1917 inspired by his travels to Spain and Morocco.
Matisse had intestinal cancer and after surgery, his abdominal muscles were very weak. By his second surgery, he was confined to a wheelchair.
Henri Matisse died of a heart attack while in his apartment in Nice on November 3, 1954 at the age of 84. His daughter, Marguerite, and his nurse & secretary, Lydia Delectorskaya, were by his side.
I'm pulling together and organizing my research now. Each month I make a 2 page biography and an activity book for my Patreon subscribers. After 5 months of this, I've got a little routine going now. I draw a small portrait and letter the name of the artist.
I really had a tough time with my sketch this time because I've not drawn facial hair much. I started with drawing from a photo and then turned to some of Matisse’s self portrait sketches. That’s an interesting difference in Matisse and Picasso. Picasso thought his first sketch was always the best. Matisse liked to sketch the same thing over and over, simplifying it more and more. After I practiced copying Matisse's I went back to my own and redrew it. It's definitely looser and more fun that my original.
Anyway I also include a little map of their home country. Then I get started with lettering and adding little illustrations.
I also make an activity book for each artist and the first thing I like to do is make little thumbnails of the artist’s most famous works. I’ve doing this since college when I had trouble with identifying names and dates on tests. So just for fun, above left are 7 of the famous works I’ll be including and here’s the titles in alphabetical order, can you match the title with the thumbnail?
Blue Nude II, 1952
Dance , 1910
The Dance II 1932
The Goldfish, 1912
The Green Stripe, 1905
The Red Room, 1908
Woman with a Hat, 1905